Hrvoje Kačić was born on 13rd January 1932 in Dubrovnik. He graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in Dubrovnik in 1951. He studied Law at Universities of Zagreb and Sarajevo, and in February 1956 graduated from the Law Faculty at the University of Zagreb. In 1958 he became a full-time trainee with Municipal Court in Dubrovnik and the High Commercial Court of Justice in Zagreb (Shipping Law Department). In December 1960 he passed both judicial and solicitor examinations.
In January 1961 he joined “Atlantska Plovidba” a shipping company in Dubrovnik, where he remained for twenty-nine years and was counselor to the Managing Director for more than half of that period. Between 1961 and 1964 he was a professor of Maritime Law at the Merchant marine Academy in Dubrovnik. In 1964 he received a Ph. D. (Doctorate of Science) in Maritime Law from University of Zagreb.
Since 1965 he has been a member of the Presidency of the National Maritime Law Association. Since 1968, he has participated as a member of the State Delegation in a number of various diplomatic conferences.
From 1970 until 1974 he was Chairman of the Legal Standing Committee of the International Ship Owners Association (INSA) in Gdynia.
From 1981 until 1985 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Average Adjusters in Antwerp and a reporter at many United Nation Conferences on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva as well as at conferences related to issues of Maritime Insurance and Transport of Goods by Sea. He has participated in working groups and drafting committees that have organized preparatory activities for various International Maritime Conventions. In the 19-eigties he served two mandates as a member of the executive Committee of the CMI- Antwerp.
He was in charge of the Maritime Law Department in Dubrovnik Faculty, and taught postgraduate courses at the Faculty of Law in Split and at the International Interuniversity Centre, University of Zagreb. He has lectured in Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, USA, China, Nigeria, Austria, Germany, Russia, Japan, Singapore and New Zealand.
He has published four monographs on Maritime Law and over fifty articles on commercial and legal topics related to shipping, shipbuilding insurance, investments, etc.
Over the years he has served as a member of Directors’ Boards of various international corporations in the shipping and insurance sector. He has been a practicing solicitor in Zagreb from 1989 to 2002, and from then he continues to be active as a counselor, lecturer and/or conciliator.
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